S.315 - First Responders Partnership Grant Act of 2003108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT] (Introduced 02/05/2003)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||02/05/2003 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 315 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 315 To support first responders to protect homeland security and prevent and respond to acts of terrorism. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 5, 2003 Mr. Leahy (for himself, Mr. Daschle, and Mr. Reid) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To support first responders to protect homeland security and prevent and respond to acts of terrorism. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``First Responders Partnership Grant Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to support first responders to protect homeland security and prevent and respond to acts of terrorism. SEC. 3. FIRST RESPONDERS PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROGRAM FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS. (a) In General.--The Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance is authorized to make grants to States, units of local government, and Indian tribes to support public safety officers in their efforts to protect homeland security and prevent and respond to acts of terrorism. (b) Uses of Funds.--Grants awarded under this section shall be-- (1) distributed directly to the State, unit of local government, or Indian tribe; and (2) used to fund overtime expenses, equipment, training, and facilities to support public safety officers in their efforts to protect homeland security and prevent and respond to acts of terrorism. (c) Minimum Amount.--Unless all eligible applications submitted by any State or unit of local government within such State for a grant under this section have been funded, such State, together with grantees within the State (other than Indian tribes), shall be allocated in each fiscal year under this section not less than 0.75 percent of the total amount appropriated in the fiscal year for grants pursuant to this section, except that the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands shall each be allocated not less than 0.25 percent. (d) Maximum Amount.--A qualifying State, unit of local government, or Indian tribe may not receive more than 5 percent of the total amount appropriated in each fiscal year for grants under this section, except that a State, together with the grantees within the State may not receive more than 20 percent of the total amount appropriated in each fiscal year for grants under this section. (e) Matching Funds.--The portion of the costs of a program provided by a grant under subsection (a) may not exceed 90 percent. Any funds appropriated by Congress for the activities of any agency of an Indian tribal government or the Bureau of Indian Affairs performing law enforcement functions on any Indian lands may be used to provide the non-Federal share of a matching requirement funded under this subsection. The Director may waive, in whole or in part, the requirement of this subsection in the case of fiscal hardship as determined by the Director. SEC. 4. APPLICATIONS. (a) In General.--To request a grant under this Act, the chief executive of a State, unit of local government, or Indian tribe shall submit an application to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance in such form and containing such information as the Director may reasonably require. (b) Regulations.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance shall promulgate regulations to implement this section (including the information that must be included and the requirements that the States, units of local government, and Indian tribes must meet) in submitting the applications required under this section. SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this Act-- (1) the term ``public safety officer'' means any person serving a public or private agency with or without compensation as a law enforcement officer, as a firefighter, or as a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew; (2) the term ``State'' means each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; (3) the term ``unit of local government'' means a county, municipality, town, township, village, parish, borough, or other unit of general government below the State level; (4) the term ``Indian tribe'' has the same meaning as in section 4(e) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b(e)); and (5) the term ``law enforcement officer'' means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, public or private college or university, or Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders. SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $4,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 and 2005. <all>